About


 

KYRVAN is based in Ierapetra, a seaside town on the island of Crete, formerly known as "Kyrva". It is founded by three friends whose common origin and love for their local heritage inspired them to create an everyday elegant espadrille shoe handmade from traditional wefts and patterns.

Our philosophy is to make high quality shoes that stand out for their unique identity and craftsmanship, and at the same time to promote local traditions and preserve the art of weaving and shoe making. 

Though we strive to make our products locally, we are also passionate about providing the highest quality of materials. Therefore we source the soles of our shoes from our Mediterranean neighbors in Spain, who are the original jute sole artisans.

 

CRAFTSMANSHIP 

Our shoes, dressed with traditional wefts and patterns, are handmade in Crete by local artisans. Some of our fabrics come from local weaving workshops, and others are vintage traditional textiles. Each pair is one-of-a-kind and the number of pairs for each style is limited.

 

MATERIALS 

100% Greek cotton, goat leather, suede 

 

PACKAGING

Our shoes are packaged in a traditional Cretan handmade shoulder bag called a “Vourgia”, with braided strings and a tassel, made from 100% cotton. The Vourgia bag was traditionally used by Cretan farmers to carry their food, water or wine when they went to work in the fields.